Yup, it’s that time of year when seemingly everyone around us has some sort of flu bug, virus, or cold. It’s the season of sickness and despair. We see multiple reports from healthcare organizations telling us (again) that this year will be the worst flu strain on record. We must go out and get flu shots! Don’t go to work! Stay home! Don’t venture out in public if sick! Sneeze and cough into your arm! Don’t touch your eyes, mouth, or nose! Don’t shake hands! Use hand sanitizer! Wash your hands! Don’t have sex!
(Well, that last one I am drawing the line. Unless I’m sick, or she is, and vomiting. Gotta have limits.)
Seems like overkill. Yet, the funny thing is, I agree with a lot of this. I just wish the selfish disease and plague-ridden public would also adhere to these warnings and stay home!
Hey, I know that in this day and age with the economy being what it is and all, that many people need to work and can’t afford to take days off. I get that. It’s those idiots that continually get sick and still go into work anyway even though they have sick days coming to them and can afford to be out for a few days. The flu is contagious people!
I see them all on the subway in the morning. Watery eyes. Coughing up phlegm bombs. Sneezing out snot everywhere. The subway cars are like a rolling petri dish of bubonic plague! If you are trapped in one of these cars and can’t escape you are doomed! It really can ruin your whole day just thinking about the a-hole who kept coughing and sneezing behind you on the subway ride this morning that took forever. Honestly, as soon as I get on the train and I detect anyone with the slightest look of a cold I jump off. I will literally dive out onto the platform to avoid being surrounded by these people. They infect everyone, and even though they know it, just don’t care. Stay home or take a cab to wherever you are going! Wear a mask if you have to! Stop coughing near me!
Then you get to work and there are those coworkers who keep insisting it’s just a head cold. They have been sick for days, or even over a week, and keep coughing up loogies, and sneezing all over everything. They insist they don’t have a fever yet are sweating bullets, vomiting, and maybe also experiencing explosive diarrhea! Will they go see a doctor? Hell no. Great, now I have to work in fear and hide in my office with the door closed all day.
Don’t even get me started on those who are sick and still insist on hitting the gym, going out to eat, seeing a movie, or being out shopping. It just seems like these germ incubators can’t stay home for one day!
On top of this then you have those that insist on keeping a social life going when sick. They just can’t give up going out for a few days or a week for fear that they might miss out on happy hour, the game, or a good time at the bar/club. I’ve seen sick Joe Meathead on a few occasions end up puking his brains out because he would rather pound down beers and shots rather then stay home and take their meds to get better. Morons!
I’ll just keep avoiding all sick people as much as possible. Take my vitamins. Pound down vitamin C. Exercise. It’s a long winter flu and cold season but we just need to get through a few more months until spring.
In the meantime, we all can’t live in a plastic bubble, right?